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In Sudan's Nuba Mountains, lone US doctor cares for thousands

American doctor Tom Catena (C) performs a surgery at the Mother of Mercy Hospital in Gidel, in southern Sudan's Nuba MountainsIn his years as the only qualified surgeon living in Sudan’s conflict-hit Nuba Mountains, American Tom Catena has treated more patients than he can remember — but some cases are etched in his memory. As medical director, doctor and surgeon at the Mother of Mercy Catholic Hospital, Catena has treated countless patients with horrific wounds from the conflict that has ravaged the rebel-controlled area since 2011. “The ones that are crushing blows — and they really are crushing — are not just the war cases,” Catena told AFP via Skype, his voice weary after a long day’s work.

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